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May 1 - July 14


Andy Leleisi’uao – Survey Exhibition

1 May – 14 July
Evening opening Thursday 2 May
Ground floor galleries

The Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present KAMOAN MINE, a comprehensive survey exhibition of Samoan | New Zealand artist Andy Leleisi’uao, curated by Ben Bergman. Leleisi’uao is one of the most significant Pasifika artists living and working in New Zealand today.

A full-time artist since 1996, Leleisi’uao has exhibited widely and been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies. Most recently, he won the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award in 2017, the 26th Annual Wallace Art Awards. He began his artistic career as a social commentator on Samoans living in New Zealand; his works exploring urban issues associated with Pacific diaspora, often in a confronting and controversial manner, exploring themes such as domestic violence, poverty, racism and unemployment.

Leleisi’uao is influenced by an enormous range of sources, drawing from ancient and modern history, literary and music history, art history, pop culture history, world headlines, personal experiences. He tells the story of what we can be as a species, regardless of our cultural stature, religious convictions, skin colour or sexual orientation. Fantastical new world societies are created within his canvases, populated by creatures both familiar and strange. He asks that we now see our immediate and global community from a different perspective, learning from past mistakes to create a reality free of all prejudice.

Over a 22-year period, Leleisi’uao has participated in 78 solo and 147 group exhibitions in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, Dunedin, Sydney, Rarotonga, Taiwan, New York, Slovakia & Hungary.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Pataka Art + Museum; Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa; Auckland Art Gallery – Toi O Tāmaki; Chartwell Collection; New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Wallace Arts Trust; Auckland University; Canterbury University; Otago University; Manukau City; Pacific Business Trust; Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, and the Museum of Ethnography, Frankfurt.

A career first for the artist, this fascinating survey show offers the general public an unprecedented opportunity to experience the diverse nature of his practice including paintings, sculpture, drawings and installation.


KAMOAN MINE is proudly supported by TSB | Wallace Arts Centre, Sir James Wallace, Ron Brownson, Creative New Zealand, Ultimo Group | The Print Cave, Bergman Gallery, John Leech Framing Workshop & Max White.



On Saturday 11 May, 2-3pm, there will be a talk by Ron Brownson who is one of the curators of this show. Click here for more info…


Image Credit:
Andy Leleisi’uao, Harmonic People, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 1500 x 2400mm, Wallace Arts Trust Collection, Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award (Wallace Art Awards, 2017).



May 1
July 14
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